It’s been almost 3 and half-year that I’m into Blogging and with time I have used many applications, Blogging tools, websites and software’s to enhance my blogging. I think it’s a good idea to share what all tools and software’s I use in my pro blogging world.
Most of the software’s I mentioned below is something I already talked about here in form of reviews. Though, putting all of them at one place will make things easier for every blogger. Also, while finishing this article, I realize I have most tools which works on desktop. I would love to know, how many of you are a big fan of desktop blogging tools over online tools?
List of Best Blogging tools for Every Blogger:
Before we move ahead, let me clear out what do I mean by Blogging tools here. These are usually those blogging software’s, tools, platform, website without which my blogging is incomplete, or probably won’t be like the same. I’m sure this will help newbie bloggers and instead of waiting years to try them, it’s time you should at least give it a shot.
Windows live writer:
Windows live writer is a desktop editor which works with almost all popular blogging platforms. I have been using it since 2008 and it helped me a lot to increase productivity. This is a fully functional desktop editor, where you can not only write content but add, edit and enhance images. Specially, Watermarking images using windows live writer is super easy. You can download Windows live writer from here and if you are new to it, my guide on Configuring Windows live writer with WordPress will help you. Only down side is it doesn’t work with Mac & Mac users can refer to mac desktop editor.
In my Blogging journey post, I talked about I started my career with BlogSpot but soon I moved to WordPress for better exposure. All the sites in my blog network are using WordPress platform. One of the best Blogging platform according to me. You can download WordPress from here and my WordPress guide will help you to get started with it.
Thesis : WordPress Theme
Thesis is one such WordPress theme framework that I can always recommend, even with their slow updates. This may still be missing a responsive design, but this theme is a SEO rock-solid theme and once you are familiar with Thesis option panel, you can quickly customize your site. You can Download Thesis theme here.
Read: Thesis theme review
It’s been couple of months I have not updated this page but still I’m using 90% of the plugins which I have listed earlier : List of plugins I use on ShoutMeLoud. Also check out, plugins which I used to kick Panda.
ManageWp for managing multi WordPress site:
I manage almost 8+ WordPress sites and managing all of them is a big task. This is one tool which is pending a review at ShoutMeLoud, but I highly recommend this to bloggers who have multiple WordPress sites and they find it hard to manage. This is one of the highly recommended blogger tool for multi-WordPress site owners. Also if you offer WordPress services, you can use this service to create a white labeled plugin and manage your client site. Check out ManageWp.
Google Adword tool:
I use many paid and unpaid tools (MOz,) for Keyword research but I have always been a fan of Google adword Keyword tool. This tool does the job of Keyword research pretty well and a highly recommended keyword research tool for Bloggers. Check out Google Adword tool.
This is one service which I would highly like to recommend to people who have multi-media social profile. This one will help you to keep your social profile active. Also offers many addons and bookmarklet for quick share. I’m using their iPhone app and chrome addon. You can read Bufferapp review here and sign up for a free account here.
Snag it: Image capturing and Editing
Snag it a desktop based image capturing and editing tool. Most of the images which you see here on ShoutMeLoud for tutorials are taken using Snag it! It’s a paid tool but worth a buy for long run. Buy snag it right now. Highly recommended image editing tool for Bloggers. Here is a video tutorial for Snag it:
Camtasia: for Video Blogging
We have already talked about video blogging and how you can go viral with video Blogging. You might see my very active on YouTube here @denharsh. I’m using this video recording tool to create screencast and video tutorials. One of the best paid software for video recording. I’m not adding any mic recorder recommendation here, because I’m still looking out for the best one. You can grab Camtasia from here.
Google Analytics is one of the best free Web stats tool. It’s an official product by Google and I highly recommend it to use it from day one. Along with GA, I also use WordPress.com stats plugin to see traffic stats from WordPress dashboard. Get a free account on Google Analytics.
SEMRUSH: For Keyword analysis
Another not free but a SEM software for serious marketer and blogger. This tool will let you analyze keyword for which your competitor is ranking for and more details regarding Keyword. I have already added a review of SEMRUSH here and for ShoutMeLoud readers, I’m offering SEMRUSh coupon code to get 15 days free pro account trial.
Traffic Travis: Desktop SEO tool
There are many online tools for checking Keyword competition, but I’m a big fan of traffic Travis for it’s simplicity and it works on desktop. I have already shared a detailed review on Traffic Travis and you can download their free version from here.
Free Keyword Monitor:
Another free SEO tools which works on desktop. This tool helps me to check Keyword ranking right from desktop. Very useful to keep track of Keyword position right from desktop. Learn more and download link here.
Tweetdeck: Manage multiple Accounts on Twitter
Managing multiple twitter account is pain and Tweet deck desktop version makes it easier. I have been using it for long time and it works great. It’s an adobe air based app and great for managing accounts. Another tool which I use along with this is Socialoomph, which let me automate many things like automated DM’s and many other features. Download Tweetdeck.
For hosting I mostly use Hostgator shared hosting and I also have Knownhost VPS account which I’m going to use to migrate ShoutMeLoud. I also use Amazon cloud backup for storing my files. Read about: Hostgator Review : Hostgator Discount coupon
We are already discussing on which is most popular browser but my vote will always go to Google chrome. I’m using this browser from last 2 years and till now, I never require to shift to Firefox or any other browser. Many SEO addons and Blogger addons makes my work easier on Chrome. You can download chrome offline here.
PayPal for Payments:
Paypal is one of the best service for Bloggers to send and receive money worldwide. I own a business account and if you are making money from Blogging, it’s time for you to have a PayPal account. Getting a PayPal account is free and you can get your first account here.
Aweber for Email marketing:
I might have learned this late but realize Email signup’s are biggest asset of any Blogger. I started Email marketing with feedburner but due to limitations of Feedburner, I started using Aweber on ShoutMeLoud and other blogs in the same niche. For a regular tech blog, you can manage with Feedburner but for serious Blogger, I would recommend Aweber. You can see my post on how to get Aweber for $1.
Money Making Programs:
I’m using variety of advertisement programs like Adsense, BuySellads and many more. Though, I have already done a separate post for the same and you can learn about it on my post on: How ShoutMeLoud makes money.
iPhone And iPad:
I’m a new fan of Apple (3 year old) and I own an iPhone4 and iPad2. Both of them combined makes my blogging easier. Specially, when I’m travelling (I love travelling) iPad is very handy. In case if you don’t own any you should opt for one and get the feel of one such gadget, which will make your life easier. Some of the apps, which I use almost every day on my iPhone: Zite, WordPress,Instagram, Pinterest and Google+, Facebook app, YouTube app, Dropbox, Evernote, PayPal, Read It later pro and default Twitter app.
- Read: Gadgets for Blogger
Rapportive is one very useful Web service which integrates with my Gmail account and give me details about Email sender. Since, I get tons of Emails and search for the sender info manually is time-consuming, Rapportive sidebar makes it easier for people like me. You can get Rapportive for free from here.
Another addon for Gmail, which organize your Emails and give them a label. This helps a lot to see important Emails first and other promotional and newsletter Email later on. If you are getting hundreds of Email every day, that also includes spam messages in Inbox, you can use IOB service for free and keep your inbox free.
I have already shared how to drive traffic from Flickr and now only it helps me in driving traffic but also helped me to get free backlinks. Many sites leeches images from Flickr and description of images fetches backlinks. Flickr uploader for desktop makes it easier to quickly upload images. Not to mention, upload images/Screenshots taken by you. Download Flickr desktop uploader.
- Bonus reading: How to use Teamviewer for remote screen sharing
Nikon D5000 DSLR:
I like travelling and I often go for Road trips. I use Nikon D500 to capture images and use it on Blogging post. I also upload them on Flickr, which helps in fetching extra backlinks. Though, you can use any Camera but idea is to use original images when ever you could.
Well, these are some of those free and paid Blogging tools that I use and I would suggest you to give it a shot and see how it helps you in Blogging. Now it’s your turn to share all those Blogging Weapons which you are using every day.
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